(The Hague) – The student, enrolled in Management and Human Resources, was accused of fraud after she got a high score on an English exam. The teacher involved, compared her handwriting with earlier exams and concluded they were different.
Next, the Exam Board came to the same conclusion and established this a fraud. The student was prohibited from taking any exams in English.
The student denied all accusations, stated she took extra lessons and appealed to the board’s decision. According to the student, the exam board had acted too sloppy and hastily.
Judges Olivier, De Rijke-Maas, Mollee declared that the student was right and that the exam board did not provide sufficient evidence for the alleged fraud: “She (the board) cannot be deemed an expert in this area, (…) she could not arrive to the conclusion the student committed fraud”.
In other word, the board should have consulted a professional in handwriting analysis.
The judge further concluded there were no inconsistencies, misconducts or other irregularities reported during the English exam. The invigilators had also reported the presence of the student during the exam.
To embarrass the exam board even more, the judge stated that “it was not possible to establish whether the student herself took an exam under someone else’s name”, basically ‘swapping’ identities with another student taking the same exam and that “the investigation concerning that, did not result in anything”.
The court reversed the verdict of the exam board and gave the board 6 weeks to come to a new verdict. The court also convicted the ‘College van Beroep voor de Examens van de Haagse Hogeschool’ to pay € 874,00 in attorney fees and € 41,00 in court fees.
The verdict can be found here.